For more than 30 years, Stephen Zeh has been hand-weaving baskets; each can take several weeks from start to finish. First, he tromps through the woods near his home in rural Maine, looking for the perfect brown ash tree, which he then fells himself. He scrapes the wood into malleable strips known as splints, and enlaces those splints into elegant but hardworking baskets, like the ones above. Zeh is largely self-taught, but he takes inspiration from local trappers, the Shakers, and the Penobscot Indians.
Bask in Simple Beauty
Martha Stewart Living, May 2013